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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2007 Jul-Aug;36(4):348-57.

Army women's sexual health information needs.

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College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA. von-sadovszky.1@osu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To ascertain Army women's specific sexual health information needs prior to developing a theoretically based, self-administered intervention to promote safer sexual practices during deployment.

DESIGN:

An exploratory design was employed to address the research questions.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants (N= 131) were Army women recruited from Army posts around the United States. The women ranged in age from 18 to 68 years (M= 30.8, SD= 10.5), were of varied ethnicity, and had an average time in service of 8.0 years (SD= 6.6).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Desire for knowledge about sexual health and safer sexual practices were measured with forced-choice responses based upon DiIorio's Safer Sex Questionnaire (DiIorio, Parsons, Lehr, Adame, & Carlone, 1992) and open-ended questions to assess past information received, quality of that information, and information desired.

RESULTS:

Participants had moderate levels of sexual risk behaviors. Forced-choice responses yielded little desire for information regarding safer sexual practices. Women identified different sexual health and safer sexual information needs based upon whether they were at a normal duty station or during deployment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Participants did not identify many information needs; however, their sexual behaviors indicate the need for interventions.

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